Google released a developer preview of Android P, the company’s latest operating system. Now, there’s not much here in terms of features, and because it’s still in development, Google is asking regular consumers to stay away.
We took a look at Android P to see what it brings to the table and what consumers should prepare to be excited about. For the most part, this is indeed Android, but there are several changes here and there that are quite interesting.
It Supports Smartphones with a Notch
Here’s the thing, the Apple iPhone X isn’t the first smartphone to come with a notch. That crown goes to the Essential Phone. However, the iPhone X stood out because it came with a much larger notch, and Android phone makers are following.
To make sure things run smoothly, Google has made it possible for developers to have an idea how the operating system and their apps would look with a notch at the top of the screen.
If you’re a fan of the notch, then this should bring some excitement because now you know it’ll be supported, so it shouldn’t look too out of place.
Let’s Go into Lockdown
Android P is capable of delivering extra security for those who need it. We live in a time when our data saved on our smartphone is never truly secured, and Google knows this.
It is why the search giant has added an extra layer of security to Android P that will lockdown the operating system, shutting it off from anyone in a remote or physical location.
With a simple press of a button, Android P will turn off the fingerprint sensor, voice unlock, and much more. The phone will then revert to the tested and tried PIN unlock method, or an unlock pattern.
To do this, venture off to Settings, Security and Location, then tap your finger on Lock Screen Preferences and tap the “Show lockdown” option.
Android P is Looking Mighty Fine
The first thing you’ll notice about Android P, is it’s striking good looks. Google has decided to adopt rounded corners for the user interface, and you know what? It works. Additionally, the settings menu is filled with a variety of colors, which adds to the overall aesthetic.
In terms of notification, Android P takes it a bit further by adding more features. For example, if you’re using a messaging app such as Skype or WhatsApp, they can suggest smart replies or even show more information with each notification.
The entire thing is slick, but at this point, the latest version of iOS still looks better.
Enjoy Taking Screenshots?
It’s 2018, therefore, every mobile operating is capable of taking screenshots. Android is one of the first mobile operating systems to do screenshots right, and it has improved on that with Android P.
With this new version of Android, it’s now possible to take a screenshot and edit it directly from the notification section. From there, you can go ahead and share the image after editing is done.
As it stands, then, Android P is shaping up quite nicely to become the next best version of the operating system. Time will tell if it lives up to the hype, or if it falls away to the wayside and into the realm of obscurity.